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Women Clinicians in Academic Leadership Symposium

"The power of authentic leadership"

We wrapped up our first ever MMS Women Clinicians in Academic Leadership: The power of authentic leadership Symposium on Wednesday 4th November! We had 649 registered with over 439 managing to attend the event throughout the day!

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend, we hope that you were as inspired and humbled as we were after hearing the personal stories and pearls of wisdom from our speakers. For those who could not attend, or if you are wanting to re-watch your favourite session, the links to the recordings are below.

To review highlights from our attendees, please search for #WCAL2020 on Twitter, which was very lively throughout the event!

Attendee Testimonials

  • "Sometimes leadership can feel quite a lonely place. This symposium was inspiring, encouraging and thought provoking. Hearing from other women in different roles, yet having similar concerns/reflections/experiences was so inclusive. The organisers managed to foster a sense of community incredibly well despite it all being online. Thank you so much."
  • "It was excellent, well done and so much work went into it. Thanks for taking the leadership and getting this off the ground"
  • "The organising team and the speakers were so talented to keep audience engaged regardless of being on zoom"
  • "I enjoyed hearing from lots of different inspiring people that I either knew about and learnt something new, or didn't know about and now want to know more!"


  • Associate Professor Margie Danchin – Founder WCAL/ Director Clinician Scientist Pathways MMS/ Uni Melb

View Welcome Recording

Session One - Leadership in times of crisis: the impact of COVID-19

Plenary Talks - Facilitated by Helga Svendsen

  • Associate Professor Claudia Di Bella - St Vincent’s Hospital / Uni Melb
    • "Leadership at any stage of your career"
  • Associate Professor Jane MunroRoyal Children’s Hospital / Uni Melb
    • "Wellbeing & leadership in the time of COVID"

View Session One Recording

Session Two - Leadership: style, bias and intersectional challenges

Panel Discussion - Facilitated by Helga Svendsen

  • Associate Professor Marie Bismark The University of Melbourne
  • Dr Nisha Khot Djerriwarrh Health Service
  • Aunty Dr Doseena Fergie OAM Woor-Dungin

View Session Two Recording

Session Three - Skills for effective leadership

TED-style talks - Facilitated by Helga Svendsen

  • Prof Kate Drummond Royal Melbourne Hospital / Uni Melb
    • "Power of sponsorship to boost your career"
  • Dr Ruth Mitchell – WEHI / Uni Melb
    • "Advocacy for Amateurs: How to change the world"
  • Dr Anthea RhodesRoyal Children’s Hospital / Uni Melb
    • "Science communication skills and the power of social media

View Session Three Recording

Session Four - Systematic change for leadership: What are the current systems and how can we change them as leaders?

Panel Discussion - Facilitated by Dr Anita Goh – UniMelb/ National Ageing Research Institute

  • Associate Professor Jill Sewell UniMelb/ Royal Children’s Hospital
  • Professor Lisa Jackson Pulver The University of Sydney
  • Dr Karen PriceThe Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

View Session Four Recording

Reflection and Closing Remarks

  • Associate Professor Margie Danchin – Founder WCAL/ Director Clinician Scientist Pathways MMS/ Uni Melb
  • Associate Professor Jane Munro – Royal Children’s Hospital / Uni Melb

View Reflection and Closing Remarks Recording

You can also view the full program here, which includes the bios of our fabulous speakers.

View Program

If you were unable to attend the event and have viewed the recordings, we would still love to hear from you by filling our our post-event survey to provide us feedback on how to best deliver events going forward.

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We are already thinking about our next event and can't wait to build a community of practice with you all to support women in academia thrive in leadership.